With the holidays right around the corner, it’s nice to have a few ideas to give your loved ones for gifts for their favorite bassist. That’s why we’ve compiled a handful of our favorite bass-centric books that were released this year.
Janek Gwizdala has published a new book called “From Practice to Performance” that is written to translate your woodshedding to the stage. Split into two parts, the book walks you through how to actually utilize all the things you learn.
Evan Marien has released a new book that will help you take a new approach to the fingerboard. “Major Hexatonic Scales and Melodic Patterns Vol. 1” centers around a six-note scale.
Today is Jaco Pastorius’ birthday, so it is fitting that Alex Lofoco has a new volume of his instructional book series releasing today. “Contemporary Bass Guitar: Jaco Pastorius” is an in-depth analysis of Jaco’s “Modern Electric Bass” video.
Gabriel Riccio and Trey Gunn have teamed up for the mammoth task of creating a new score book called “King Crimson: The Discipline Era Transcriptions”. The 256-page book features full-band transcriptions from Crimson’s fruitful ’80s era.
One of the biggest obstacles for musicians is the dreaded odd-time signature. That’s why Marek Bero decided to expand his “Bass Gym 101” series with a new book on the topic.
Bassist and educator Orlando le Fleming has produced another instructional book for 2020. “Polymuting for Bass Guitar” covers his specific funk muting technique, which he utilizes heavily with his band Romantic Funk and with Wayne Krantz.
Former London Symphony Orchestra principal bassist Joel Quarrington has just released a new educational book. “Bass in Fifths – Intervals, Chords, Arpeggios, Scales” presents fingerings for every note in every key for basses tuned in fifths.
Bassist and educator David Gross has just published a new instructional book called “Bass ala Melodic Minor Modes”. The 90+ page book is a deep dive into the melodic minor scale, its chords, and its modes.
Ryan Madora has just released a free eBook to help bassists learn to improvise. “Beginner Improvisation For Bass Players: Navigating Chord Progressions with a Soulful Groove” is designed to help players break away from the root note and get creative.
Rufus Reid’s instructional book “The Evolving Bassist” has been the benchmark for jazz bass education for decades. After releasing a Millennium Edition in 2000, the book is now available in a digital format for the first time.
Jazz master Ron Carter has added two new books to the library on his web store: “9 Ron Carter Bass Line Transcriptions” and “From the Bottom Up”.